18 Feb '11, 4am

New mobile developed in Singapore can check pulse, send ambulance

New mobile developed in Singapore can check pulse, send ambulance

BARCELONA (AFP) – A new phone developed in Singapore takes your pulse when you press your fingers on a receptor, and sends the results to a 24-hour medical call centre. The new EPI Life mobile phone comes complete with mini electrocardiogram. "We think it's a revolution. It has clinical significance," EPI medical chief Dr. Chow U-Jin said at the mobile industry's annual conference in Barcelona. "Anywhere in the world you can use it as a phone but you are also able to transfer an ECG and get a reply," Chow said. "If you get a normal reply it will just be an SMS," he added. "If it's severe, you get a call: 'Sir, an ambulance is on the way'." EPI Life has three hospitals in Singapore, all of which carry the phone users' history. EPI Life costs US$700 (S$895), the price of a top range smartphone, and 2,000 of them have been on the market since 2010. "The most obvious targets a...

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